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Empire of the Sikhs: Revised edition

by Patwant Singh & Jyoti M. Rai

The definitive biography of Ranjit Singh, contemporary of Napoleon and one of the most powerful and charismatic Indian rulers of his age

Ranjit Singh has been largely written out of accounts of the subcontinent's...


Ice

by Anna Kavan

In this haunting and surreal novel, the narrator and a man known as the warden search for an elusive girl in a frozen, seemingly post-nuclear, apocalyptic landscape. The country has been invaded and is being...


H.G. Wells: Another Kind of Life

by Michael Sherborne

An unlikely lothario, one of the most successful writers of his time, a figure at the heart of the age's political and artistic debates—H. G. Wells' life is a great story in its own right When H. G. Wells...


The Ice Palace

by Tarjei Vesaas & Elizabeth Rokkan

A new edition of what is commonly seen as the legendary Norwegian writer's masterpiece, this story tells the tale of Siss and Unn, two friends who have only spent one evening in each other's company. But so...


This Way to the Revolution: A Memoir

by Erin Pizzey

First full biography of an international figure, recently in the news after her successful libel case against Andrew Marry, who described her as a terrorist in The Making of Modern Britain

Internationally famous...


Perlefter: The Story of a Bourgeois

by Joseph Roth

Now available for the first time in English, this important addition to the Roth canon is rich in irony and exemplary of Roth's keen powers of social and political observation

A novel fragment that was discovered...


The Lonely Hearts Club

by Dennis Friedman

A cleverly plotted novel exploring the bonds that form among a group of heart attack survivors who help one another find strength both physically and emotionally This witty and unique tale centers on five...


The Beautiful Child

by Emma Tennant

From the acclaimed author of Pemberley and Thornfield Hall comes a tale inspired by Henry James

The Beautiful Child is the last known unfinished story by the great American writer, ending on a Jamesian note of...


Philosophers Behaving Badly

by Nigel Rodgers & Mel Thompson

An engaging and often hilarious survey of the far-from-fusty extra-curricular activities of some of philosophy’s finest practitioners Philosophers Behaving Badly examines the lives of eight great philosophers—Rousseau,...


Doubting Thomas: A Novel about Caravaggio

by Atle Naess

Coming somewhere between Peter Ackroyd and Perfume, Doubting Thomas is an innovative and fascinating novel about the renowned Italian painter Caravaggio. The plot centers around the events of a May evening in...


Sophia of Hanover: From Winter Princess to Heiress of Great Britain, 1630-1714

by J. N. Duggan

The detailed memoirs and letters of a gifted and prolific chronicler provide an insider’s view of life for the top echelons of society in the 16th century Sophia, Electress of Hanover (1630–1714), granddaughter...


Lord Mord: A Prague Thriller

by Milos Urban

A Bulgakov-like cocktail of romance, murder, and mystery are conjured up in this existential thriller set in the Czech capital This witty, inventive Gothic novel tells the story of Count Arco, a keen fencer...


Empire of the Sikhs: The Life and Times of Maharaja Ranjit Singh

by Jyoti M. Rai & Patwant Singh

Ranjit Singh has been largely written out of accounts of India's past by British historians, yet he was one of the most powerful and charismatic figures in Indian history. He unified the warring chiefdoms of...


Seeds of Fiction: Graham Greene's Adventures in Haiti and Central America 1954-1983

by Bernard Diederich, Pico Iyer & Richard Greene

A major new biography of Graham Greene with extensive new material; exclusive, never-before-seen photographs of Greene on his travels; and full family cooperation

An essential read for fans of literary biography,...


Guilty: The Lost Classic Novel

by Anna Kavan

Set in an unspecified but eerily familiar time and landscape, this is the story of Mark, a protagonist who struggles against the machinations of a hostile society and bureaucracy. Suffering at first from...


The Lost Word

by Oya Baydar

One of the most acclaimed and powerful novels of modern Turkey is set across Europe, but retains the Turkish-Kurdish conflict at its heart A mixture of thriller, love story, political, and psycho-philosophical...


Pity for The Guy: A Biography of Guy Fawkes

by John Paul Davis

The first fully-rounded portrait of the man behind the Gunpowder Plot For hundreds of years Guy Fawkes has been portrayed as perhaps too extreme a figure—a rabid, bloodthirsty Catholic who not only tried to...


The Darker Sex: Tales of the Supernatural and Macabre by Victorian Women Writers

by Mike Ashley

Ghosts, precognition, suicide, and the afterlife are all themes in these thrilling stories by Britain and America's greatest Victorian women, proving their talent for creating dark, sensational, and horrifying...


The Same River

by Jaan Kaplinski

The first English translation of a major European literary figure and Nobel Prize nominee's most significant work of prose to date, this tense, cerebral, fascinating novel is the perfect introduction to Kaplinski...


The Hundred Days

by Joseph Roth

In the first English edition in 70 years of a lost classic by one of the great 20th century writers, Napoleon is seen from the point of view of a woman with whom his life is quietly intermingled The story of...